Joey Casio: Daybreak b/w Ignite
Joey Casio: The Frame b/w Rituals
Joey Casio continues to create something wholly new for this unsteady era. The longtime Olympian, and current Portlander, reassembles the wired connections of white-hot punk energy and post-disco electronic dance music. "The Frame" finds Casio sharpening his edges rather than just running in place: you'll hear the calculated combination of dance and punk forms fused within a neon-lit matrix of percussion, including electronic strings, claps and bells and Casio's laconic delivery; a box inside a box. The b-side, "Ritual," is a tar pit of sound, pure disenfranchisement, remaining danceable while flirting with chaos.
Joey Casio: Debtor's Prism b/w Artists in Times of War
In the latest installment of K's legendary International Pop Underground series, longtime Olympian Joey Casio supplies two songs that further illuminate the lost connections between the manic energy of punk and the body-moving rhythms of electronic dance music. This is truly house punk for punk houses. Interlocked with a percolating matrix of percussion, "Debtor's Prism" is propelled by a deep hypnotic bass line that draws from Jamaica as much as it does Detroit. The commitment to lyrical content is also reflected in "Artists in Times of War," which draws its name from a Howard Zinn essay. The tempo is the urgent and the vocal delivery is snarling. This track takes the futuristic staccato sounds of acid house and presents them as politico-hardcore.